Police: Phoenix Boy Scout leader, roommate accused of sexual abuse

PHOENIX - Two men have been  arrested on sexual abuse charges involving at least five victims over a 20 year period, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said the alleged abuse happened between the years of 1983 and 2003 and mostly occurred at the suspects’ house.

Crump said the suspects, 65-year-old William “Bill” Challberg and a 51-year-old man, are roommates and were once in a relationship.

All five victims were between the ages of nine and 16 years old at the time of the alleged offenses, according to police.

Police first learned of the case from the Youth Protection Advisor at the Boy Scouts of America in October 2013.

During the investigation, authorities discovered that Challberg was asked to resign as a Boy Scout leader in 1986 after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced involving a minor.  The victim did not file a report with police.

Authorities said all five victims were located and interviewed. The victims reportedly disclosed incidents involving several counts of sexual abuse, sexual assault, furnishing of harmful items, such as drugs and pornography, as well as sexual exploitation, including the taking of photographs and videos.

Officials said only one of the victims was a Boy Scout. The others were neighborhood children and friends.

Police have requested 26 charges against Challberg and 15 charges against the 51-year-old.

The Phoenix Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding sexual abuse by Boy Scout leaders in the Phoenix area to notify them:

Child Crimes Hotline email address: ChildCrimesHotline.PPD@phoenix.gov

Child Crimes Hotline phone number: 602-262-4543 (4KID)

Silent Witness: 1-800-WITNESS (948-6377)

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